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Scand J Caring Sci. 2008 Dec;22(4):643-52. doi: 10.1111/j.1471-6712.2007.00568.x. Epub 2008 Sep 18.

The dynamics of the nurse-patient relationship: introduction of a synthesized theory from the patient's perspective.

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Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Akureyri, Akureyri, Iceland.


The nurse-patient relationship is by many considered the core of nursing. In this paper, a synthesized theory on the dynamics of that relationship is introduced from the patient's perspective. It is described as a dynamic lived reality characterized by a sense of spiritual connection which is experienced as a bond of energy. The highest quality of this connection is the life-giving nurse-patient relationship which is greatly empowering for the patient. The prerequisites for the development of the nurse-patient relationship are perceived nurse caring, wisdom and competence in connecting with people. The dialectic nature of this relationship is discussed as well as the six main phases in the nurse-patient relationship development.

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